• Fishing provided food as well as recreation for the colonists. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Fishing provided food as well as recreation for the colonists. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n colonist a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s foot,” was used for setting the string of a light hunting crossbow. It was found 4 miles from Jamestown. showing the use of a “goat’s foot” from _Weapons, A Pictorial History_ by Edwin Tunis Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the English colonists sat down for their first Thanksgiving dinner on February 22, 1630, an Indian chief named Quadoquina offered a deerskin bag filled with freshly popped corn. Thus popcorn made its first appearance to non-native North Americans.
    • n Colonist A member or inhabitant of a colony.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: American colonists discovered that superior candles could be made from the fruit of a squat bush growing in the sand dunes along the New England seashore. The small, grayish bayberry was picked, crushed, and boiled. It had to be skimmed several times before the pale, nearly transparent, green fat was sufficiently refined. Bayberry candles were highly prized, because so much labor and so many berries were needed to make just one candle.
    • n colonist An inhabitant of a colony; a settler in a colony; a member of a colonizing expedition.
    • n colonist An animal or a plant found in a country or region in which it is not indigenous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Colonist an inhabitant of a colony
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. coloniacolonus, a husbandman—colĕre, to till.


In literature:

The colonists, however, knew that they had won a victory over parliament, and they did not forget it.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
The wealth of the colonists was growing even faster than their numbers.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Your letter does not make clear what is to be understood by these words, and what kind of rights the colonists will expect.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
Many of the colonists fell sick and died.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The Spanish colonists, on the Peruvian or western border of this immense forest, had never been able to penetrate it as colonists or settlers.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
In 1812 a small advance party of colonists arrived at the Red River of the North, in about latitude fifty degrees north.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
The guilt of the institution cannot, however, be fairly charged on the colonists.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
The colonists at Port Jackson, however, treated the French sailors with much kindness.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
The native race was forced sullenly to retire before the colonists.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
It must be said, however, out of justice to the colonists that they did not persist in their spirit of antagonism towards the Catholics.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
The colonists resisted the levy and the tax-gatherer became rude and had frequent collisions with the people.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
Probably, articles of indenture were drawn for these tenants as they were later between colonists and their servants.
"Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by Annie Lash Jester
He also said that many Colonists had laid down their arms.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Fifty professional colonists had been sent out to Eden.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The colonists had set themselves the task of establishing European civilization upon a virgin continent.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Like the colonist, the Indian tried to draw out blood or other matter from the sick or wounded person.
"Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Thomas P. Hughes
In matters of political interest he took always a leading part, and was respected and feared by his fellow colonists.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Perhaps they had an eye mainly for the publicity that could be had for any news of Raleigh's colonists.
"The Virginia Company Of London, 1606-1624" by Wesley Frank Craven
Sam Buckley is a typical descendant of the British pioneer colonists, as every Australian knows.
"Australian Writers" by Desmond Byrne
There was all the greater necessity for insistence upon them from the actual circumstances of the colonists.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas

In news:

Henry Louis Gates, Jr introduces actor Robert Downey, Jr to his ancestors who were early colonists in Pennsylvania, including a patriot ancestor who participated in the Revolutionary War.
The early colonists came over with motives no less colonial than the later.
Frances Litman, Victoria Times Colonist.
Adrian Lam, Victoria Times Colonist Files, Vancouver Sun.
Adrian Lam, Times Colonist, Times Colonist.
Ray Smith, Victoria Times Colonist.
Squanto was the Native American savior of the New England colonists.
(CBS News) When Thomas Paine wrote the essay "Common Sense," it rallied the American colonists to take on the greatest power in the world and what resulted was the United States of America.
Residents of Plymouth re-enact the Pilgrim's Progress procession that first took place in 1621 after a deadly winter that took the lives of half the colonists.
Lyle Stafford, Victoria Times Colonist.
A Great Lakes Indian rebellion against the British changed the balance forever between Indian and colonist.
A role reversal as former colonies meet former colonists at Ibero-American summit.
Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable was a colonist of mixed French and Haitian ancestry.
How did the colonists reach their destination.